Ely City Council minutes of 7/1/2008

DRAFT MEETING MINUTES<BR><BR>Council Chambers<BR><BR>Ely, Minnesota<BR><BR>Tuesday, July 1, 2008<BR><BR>6:30 P.M. Regular Meeting<BR><BR>Ely City Council<BR><BR>Regular meeting of the Ely City Council was called to order at 6:30 P.M. by Mayor Charles J. Novak.<BR><BR>PRESENT: Council members Debeltz, Lindroos, Nikkola, Omerza, Sheddy, Zupec, Mayor Novak (7)<BR><BR>ABSENT: None (0)<BR><BR>Mayor Novak thanked the audience members present at tonight's meeting for their attendance and also the audience viewing tonight's Council Meeting over ELY TV, Channel 11.<BR><BR>Moved by Zupec supported by Debeltz, that the minutes of the regular meeting of June 17, 2008, be approved without reading. Carried unanimously. Minutes to stand as recorded.<BR><BR>The following additions were added to tonight's agenda: Mayor Novak, modification under II. Requests To Appear Before Council , B. Ann Spangler, City consideration for funding request for matching funds, RTAC Grant Application ( City Operations Director Harold Langowski has volunteered to work with St. Louis County along with Ann Spangler, for additional funding sources); City Operations Director Langowski - request that the following items be added to tonight's agenda under IV. Departmental Reports, B. City Operations Director of Public Works and Utilities, 3. Disposal of 1976 Chevy Pickup; 4. additional equipment to be advertised for bids to the public. Council consensus was to approve above listed additions.<BR><BR>Mayor Novak informed Council members that the City of Ely will be issuing a proclamation in recognition of "Polka Pal Don Day" for SATURDAY, July 12, 2008, in recognition of Don Micklich, who has been entertaining folks for many years with his Saturday morning polka show over WELY. The time and place of ceremony will be included in the proclamation, once issued. He encouraged all Council members to attend, and members of the public to please come and pay tribute to Don for his years of bringing so much enjoyment to polka fans near and far. <BR><BR>Mayor Novak requested that Vietnam Moving Wall Donations be placed on tonight's agenda, encouraging people to contribute to this impressive project that will be coming to Ely's Whiteside Park the week of July 14th - 21st. Council member Zupec also noted that the VFW Club will be having a fundraiser for The Wall on Saturday, with proceeds donated to help defray the cost of bringing the Moving Wall to Ely Whiteside Park.<BR><BR>The following consent agenda items were brought before the Council for approval:<BR><BR>Jeff Hway, Scoutmaster - Boy Scout Troop #170 - recognition of Eagle Scout Michael Harri - * formal presentation by Mayor and Council to be made at the July 15th regular council meeting;<BR><BR>Town of Morse - donations to City Parks ($500.00) and City Fireworks display <BR><BR> $500.00 - * City to send letter of thanks;<BR><BR>Dorene Steklasa - letter of resignation from Ely Cemetery Committee - * City to accept with letter of thanks to member for years of service - Clerk's Office to post vacancy to public;<BR><BR>RAMS - Ron Dicklich, Executive Director - Legislative Wrap Up - INFORMATION<BR><BR>Council member Sheddy reported that in regard to item #3, he had spoke to Dorene Steklasa about continuing to serve on the Ely Cemetery Committee as she has been an excellent member through the many years that she has served, but at this time she chooses not to continue with the current committee members, but will volunteer when she can on any cemetery related projects. <BR><BR>Moved by Zupec supported by Debeltz, that above items be approved and ordered filed. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Patti Zupancich requested to appear before the Council regarding Ely Community Resource Funding for 2009. ECR is requesting $13,260.00 for support of their 2009 services, which represents the same amount that the City of Ely allocated to Ely Community Resource during the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. She commented that the organization appreciates the City's recognition that helping young people is an essential service and a community responsibility. Local support is a key factor in ECR's ability to leverage funds from other sources to continue existing services. She further stated that ECR is successful in their grant writing and fundraising efforts despite strong competition because of demonstrated local support for their program, which includes a long history of vital financial support from and the positive working relationship between ECR and the City of Ely. Moved by Debeltz supported by Zupec, that request for funding be approved and referred to the City Budget Committee for review and finalization in the 2009 City Budget. Carried unanimously. Mayor Novak noted that the budget process for 2009 has not yet begun but the Council's intent is to assure that the funding request from ECR is carefully considered in the process. Council members concurred that Ely Community Resource does a great job for the community. Mayor Novak then presented Patti with a plaque of appreciation from the City of Ely upon her upcoming retirement from Ely Community Resource, thanking her for her years of service to the Ely Community.<BR><BR>Ann Spangler, Parent Involvement Coordinator/Project Grant Coordinator - ISD #696 requested to appear before the Council advising the City that in May the Ely School Board had appointed her to apply for a grant which would look at the safe arrival and departure from school. Earlier in June, she had submitted a Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, RTAC grant application to the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, ARDC, with the purpose of the Ely Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan being to identify barriers and unsafe conditions for residents and visitors walking and biking in Ely. This plan would also create a Safe Routes to School Plan for the Ely School District. Ann has been notified that they will partially fund the planning project. A vital piece to this project is that people from the school, City of Ely, community and region come together to discuss the impact of how this project will positively affect our area with non motorized transportation and also how it will affect us economically.<BR><BR>There is a need with the grant to provide matching funds of up to 20 percent, in this case $2,000.00. Ely Schools are not in a position to match funds due to financial hardship, the ARDC will fund 80 percent, or $8,000 of this project. Without matching funds, not only the Ely Schools but the entire City would lose out on the benefit of this planning project.<BR><BR>Ann then requested if the Council would be willing to provide the matching funds of $2,000 for this grant. City Engineer Langowski reported that he has been in discussion of this project for the past year, and will find out from St. Louis County where the County is at addressing project. Mayor Novak recommended that request be referred to the City Budget Committee. Council member Lindroos commented that this would be a good overall plan if the City could afford it. Council member Sheddy questioned the School Board involvement in this venture, with Ann stating that the School is putting up the paid personnel ( herself) in writing of the grant. Council member Debeltz recommended that Ann also approach the Town of Morse, and Fall Lake Township to assist in the financial request. Consensus of the Council is to refer request to the City Budget Committee, with City Operations Director to coordinate with St. Louis County, to report back to the Council with recommendations.<BR><BR>Matt Larson requested placement on tonight's agenda regarding city building permit fees;<BR><BR>Recently he had applied for a City Building Permit and was concerned over what he feels are inflated building permit fees. Mayor Novak noted that the fees being charged need to be brought to the Council's attention for review, including plan review charges, by the Building Official. The Council's goal is to see that the Building Official Department is self sufficient in paying for itself. Council member Debeltz stated that there is an accountability factor here in that the Council as a whole, requested that the Building Official appear before them earlier this year to address some concerns, and that meeting never took place. Moved by Sheddy supported by Omerza, that the Deputy Clerk and Zoning Administrator work out the necessary fee schedule for the Larson building permit, and if agreeable with all parties go forth with the price agreed upon, utilizing the 1997 fee schedule. Carried unanimously. Zoning Administrator George Burger stated that the total for building permit includes all inspection fees and plan review fee, which the State sets as well. Local contractor Burnie Stahl addressed the Council stating that he feels the permit fees in the City of Ely are very high, requesting that the Council take a long term look at the current fees now being charged. He also requested that the Building Official post actual office hours to the public, as to when he is available in Ely.<BR><BR>Mary Cich and Mike Jankovec requested placement on tonight's agenda regarding the Vietnam Moving Wall, that will be displayed at Ely's Whiteside Park on July 17th - 21st. <BR><BR>They thanked the area businesses and individuals who have donated monies to this project to date, as this will bring in thousands of people to Ely. They are currently looking for additional volunteers to help set up the Wall; monitor the Wall during the event; take down the wall. The Wall will be on display 24 hours per day, five days, and persons can sign up for four hour shifts. They are also in need of 2 - 10 x 10 tents, donations of food and water for volunteers, cots and chairs. Any individuals interested in volunteering, please contact Mary or Mike at 365-2440. <BR><BR>Council member Nikkola reported that the City Budget Committee had met on June 5th<BR><BR>and that items discussed were all administrative and informational, only. Matter of information.<BR><BR>Council member Sheddy reported that the Sanitation Committee had met on June 19th, with Terry Soderberg ( St. Louis County) and Stan Passananti present, along with committee members. Committee is currently looking at City Mandatory Waste Removal, and are recommending that this matter be introduced at the August Ely City Council Monthly Study Session Meeting. <BR><BR>Mayor Novak reported on behalf of the Community Joint Powers Meeting of June 25th: <BR><BR>VCC personnel were the guest speakers talking on Mining Emphasis programs and Sustainable Tourism program. He complimented VCC in being pro-active in the offering of mining emphasis curriculum. Matter of information.<BR><BR>City Attorney Bentz had provided the Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Members a proposed draft for Electronic Sign Ordinance. The Planning and Zoning Commission will be discussing this draft at their July10th regular monthly meeting.<BR><BR>Council member Debeltz offered the following ordinance: Proposed Ordinance No. #221, Second Series, An Ordinance Of The City of Ely, Minnesota, Amending The Ely City Code, Chapter 14, Section 14.10, Regulating The Issuance Of Any Sign Permits, Approval Or Permit For, Or The Installation, Construction Or Expansion Of Any Illuminated Flashing, Blinking Or Moving Advertising Sign Containing Changeable Messages Within The City of Ely.<BR><BR>The Council of the City of Ely Does Hereby Ordain:<BR><BR>Section 1. Chapter 14, Section 14.10 of the Ely City Code shall be repealed in its entirety and amended to read as follows:<BR><BR>The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. The City Council is concerned about the effects of illuminated advertising signs upon the traveling public. These signs pose a hazard to the traveling public by the use of static or changing electronic, digital, video display signs, or flashing, motion, animated, and changeable copy signs. These attention-getting and eye-catching signs may threaten the safety of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other users of public streets and property by diverting motor vehicle drivers' attentions away from the road. There are research studies that show the presence of such signs do result in an increase in automobile accidents.<BR><BR>The Planning and Zoning Department has conducted a study for the purpose of considering adoption of official controls relating to the need for additional sign regulations addressing illuminated advertising signs with changeable messages.<BR><BR>Definition. A dynamic sign is defined as a sign or portion thereof that displays electronic, static and/or non-static images, static and/or non-static graphics or static pictures, with or without text information, defined by a small number of matrix elements using different combinations of light emitting diodes ( LEDS), fiber optics, light bulbs or other illumination devices within the display area where the message change sequence is accomplished immediately or by means of fade, repixalization or dissolve modes.<BR><BR>The City hereby prohibits the issuance or approval or any sign permit for any dynamic sign as defined in this ordinance, except for the use of displaying fuel price, time and temperature.<BR><BR>SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective immediately after final adoption and publication.<BR><BR>Motion for the adoption of the foregoing Ordinance was made by Council member Debeltz, seconded by Council member Zupec, and declared carried on the following vote:<BR><BR>YES: Council members Debeltz, Lindroos, Nikkola, Omerza, Sheddy, Zupec, Mayor Novak (7)<BR><BR>NO: None (0)<BR><BR>ABSENT: None (0)<BR><BR>Proposed Ordinance #221, adopted and given a first reading and publication, this 1st day of July 2008.<BR><BR>The following items were referred for Council consideration from the June 24th Regular Monthly Ely City Council Study Session:<BR><BR>Disaster Working Group - Consensus of Council that the Fire Chief and Police Chief be designated as City of Ely representatives to this group and attend scheduled monthly meetings. Moved by Sheddy supported by Omerza, that recommendation be approved. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Fire Chief be designated as the City's primary contact in scheduling FEMA training for Council members. Moved by Debeltz supported by Zupec, that recommendation be approved. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Miner's Dry Building - this facility to be included in the City Parks and Recreation Budget for 2009. Moved by Omerza supported by Zupec, that recommendation be approved. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Invitation to local realtors to attend meeting with Council members as to guidance and advice in putting together Commercial Land Sales Procedure Guide. Moved by Debeltz supported by Zupec, that local realtors be invited to the Tuesday, July 29th, 6:00 P.M. Regular Monthly Ely City Council Study Session. Carried unanimously. Mayor Novak noted that the City can still move forward with land procedures at this time. <BR><BR>Deputy Clerk Wellvang requested Council approval in the payment of city bills and payroll for June 2008, totaling: $678,919.12. Moved by Debeltz supported by Zupec, that bills and payroll be allowed and paid. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Deputy Clerk Wellvang reported that Council members Lindroos, Omerza, and herself had met with Terri Boese to discuss Employment Contract for the position of Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Ely, and that the group had come to terms on a three year contract with the annual salary set at $56,000 after the first year successful performance evaluation; $57,000 after the second year successful performance evaluation; and $58,000 after the third year successful performance evaluation, with benefit package offered other city employees, to also include a $3,000.00 moving expense with the stipulation that if the three year contract is not fulfilled, the employee to reimburse the City of Ely the $3,000 moving expense allocation. The starting date of employee will be August 4, 2008. They are recommending that the Mayor and Deputy Clerk be authorized to execute Employment Contract with Terri Boese on behalf of the City of Ely. Moved by Zupec supported by Omerza, that recommendation be approved. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Deputy Clerk Wellvang reported that there were no internal applications received for the position of Office Assistant to the Police and Clerk-Treasurer Departments, and she will now be posting the position externally. Per current City Hiring Policy, Deputy Clerk has selected Police Chief Manning, Police Administrative Assistant Barbara Mathews to assist her in conducting the oral interviews, and is now seeking a volunteer from the Council to also conduct the oral interviews with above individuals. Council member Debeltz volunteered. The posting for this position will close on July 18th, at which time all applications received will be forwarded to consultant Paul Ness for evaluation and ranking. Interviews will then be scheduled accordingly, with a recommendation to hire being brought before the full Council.<BR><BR>City Operations Director of Public Works and Utilities, Harold Langowski reported on the Range Housing Action Meeting he had attended in Grand Rapids. There was some housing needs shown in our area, with discussions evolving around rehabilitation of existing housing stock. There are currently a lot of homes listed for sale in the Ely area, also. Council member Debeltz questioned whether or not there are any grants available for rehabilitation to current housing units with Mayor Novak noting that this matter will be taken up at the next HRA meeting. The HRA is currently working with State and County Housing Authorities but there is nothing concrete as of yet. The next HRA Meeting is Tuesday, July 8th, 1:30 P.M. Pioneer Apartments. <BR><BR>City Operations Director reported that the City received four bids on the 1976 pickup, with second highest bid being that of $572.00. ( The highest bidder had withdrawn bid earlier). Moved by Zupec supported by Debeltz, that the City approve selling used equipment to the second highest bidder in the amount of $572.00. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>City Operations Director requested Council approval in re advertising used city equipment. Moved by Debeltz supported by Zupec, that authorization be granted in the re advertising of used city equipment to the public. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>City Operations Director informed Council members that two quotes were received from<BR><BR>Mesabi Bituminous to complete paving of West Shagawa Road in the amount of $33,000.00; and at the Ely Cemetery in the amount of $12,000.00, with both projects to be scheduled for completion the week ending July 5th. Moved by Lindroos supported by Debeltz, that the quotes be approved and contracted as indicated. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>City Operations Director presented the following EUC Consent Agenda Items:<BR><BR>Approve advertising for bids for the underground construction of Feeder 6.<BR><BR>Recommend approval for an additional $6,300.00 in engineering fees to KBM, Inc. for Feeder 6 construction.<BR><BR>Request authorization for an Electrical Oversight Committee for twelve (12) months consisting of the EUC President and one EUC member, Operations Director, Master of Record, Lineman Foreman, two electrical contractors and the Electrical Engineer.<BR><BR>Recommend approval for Ed Marsolek and Jeff Dunbar to attend MMUA Arc Flash Training in Two Harbors on August 7, 2008.<BR><BR>Recommend purchase of $2,000.00 of postage for the billing office meter.<BR><BR>Recommend payment R & W Enterprises Invoice #68 for $120.00 for master of record;<BR><BR>Recommend payment of Wisconsin Energy Corp. Invoice #12010 for $207.50 for May, 2008 for CIP Services.<BR><BR>Recommend payment of the Minnesota Power May Bill for $158,832.23;<BR><BR>Recommend payment of KBM, Inc. Invoice #050813 for $853.65 for Feeder 6.<BR><BR>Recommend payment of the EUC portion of February, March, April and May, 2008 Joint Public Works Facility bills to the St. Louis County Auditor.<BR><BR>Moved by Debeltz supported by Nikkola, that above items be approved and ordered filed. <BR><BR>Moved by Debeltz supported by Nikkola, that the motion be restated to reflect that above items #1 and #2, and #4 - #10 be approved and ordered filed. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Discussion was held regarding #3, with Council member Zupec requesting that a Council member be appointed to the Electrical Oversight Committee also; Council member Omerza also recommended the appointment of the Clerk-Treasurer. Mayor Novak noted that since the Clerk-Treasurer is in charge of overseeing the enterprise funds, he is in agreement that this position should also be a member of this committee, yet the City should not entertain such a large group of committee members. Council member Sheddy recommended that the City Operations Director or the President of the EUC be the Chairperson of this special committee. Council member Lindroos questioned why the position of Master of Record needs to be seated on this committee, with City Operations Director reporting that the committee will be addressing off peak policy, inspections and necessary permitting, and that the City needs to make sure off peak meets City requirements. <BR><BR>Mayor Novak requested a recess of tonight's regular meeting at 7:50 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., for a recording tape change.<BR><BR>Meeting reopened at 8:00 P.M. Mayor Novak recommended that the City Operations Director see that a Council member and the Clerk-Treasurer are added to the list of committee members, and to bring something before the Council at the July 15, 2008 regular meeting. City Operations Director reported that the purpose of this committee would be to make recommendations to the EUC who in turn, would bring forth recommendations to the Council. Also to be discussed at committee level would be Capital Improvement Policy and Customer Heating Systems along with dual fuels.<BR><BR>Claims for payment were received on the following: <BR><BR>St. Louis County - February - May 2008 - payment of City's portion of Joint Public Works Facility bills to St. Louis County Auditor - Invoice #00002243 - February Joint Use Facility - $4,724.63; Invoice #00002244 - March Joint Use Facility - $6,219.71; Invoice #00002245 - April Joint Use Facility - $7,051.27; Invoice #00002246 - $2,849.07 ( EUC split 41.5% and Public Works 58.5%);<BR><BR>Pat Conery - Building Official services for May 2008 - $5,464.30 * contingent upon Zoning Administrator review and approval;<BR><BR>RLK Kuusisto Engineering;<BR><BR>Spaulding Phase 3 Platting - $4,085.00;<BR><BR>Ely Business Park Boundary - $1,200.00<BR><BR>TKDA - professional services, Airport CIP Program - $10,612.88 * contingent upon Airport Commission approval;<BR><BR>LMC - second quarter workman's compensation premium - $20,101.25<BR><BR>WSB and Associates Inc. - Change Order #5, Airport Runway Safety Area - increase of $27,500.00 ( Mayor and Deputy Clerk authorized to execute on behalf of City) * contingent upon Airport Commission approval<BR><BR>Northland Trust Services Inc. - $345,000 GO Tax Increment Refunding Bonds - $6,663.00<BR><BR>Moved by Zupec supported by Debeltz, that items A and C through G be approved for payment. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Moved by Sheddy supported by Debeltz, that item B be tabled at this time to be brought up at the meeting to be scheduled with Building Official Pat Conery, with advice from City Attorney. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Communication was received from St. Louis County, Mark Lindhorst Planner, notifying the City of Ely that the County is in the process of forming a task force to assist in the development of a water management plan, with task force membership to be comprised of representatives of local governments throughout the country. City Operations Director Harold Langowski volunteered to represent the City of Ely on this task force, with Council members concurring.<BR><BR>Communication was received from Richard Pucel, Chairman of the Ely Charter Commission, notifying the City Council that the Charter Commission provided language changes to four sections of the charter to the Council at their January 29, 2008 Study Session, and that Section 6.05 - Purchases and Contracts is the only section that the Council has acted upon. The Charter Commission requests that the Council act on the other three section changes: Section 2.01, Section 2.04 and Section 2.07 (addition of Section 2.08), providing Council members copies of the approved changes as made by the Charter Commission. Moved by Omerza supported by Lindroos, that the recommendations from the Ely Charter Commission be denied. Council member Sheddy stated that an attorney from the League of Minnesota Cities addressed the Council and Charter Commission members last year, commenting that the Ely City Charter is a good document, and that he has issues with messing up a document that has served the City well. Mayor Novak stated that the Council members do have administrative powers on certain Boards and Commissions, and that there was no background information provided with the letter submitted Council members by the Charter Commission. Council member Omerza also agreed that the Council does have administrative duties, recommending that the Charter Commission be invited to the July 29th regular monthly City Council Study Session. Mayor Novak recommended that perhaps the LMC needs to meet with the Council and Charter Commission again, to review current City Charter. Council member Omerza withdrew her original motion, Council member Lindroos withdrew his support.<BR><BR>Moved by Debeltz supported by Omerza, that the recommendations from the Charter Commission be tabled until after the Council and Charter Commission meet with a representative from the League of Minnesota Cities, with the Deputy Clerk directed to schedule a telephone conference with LMC staff if possible, for the Tuesday, July 29th Study Session. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Communication was received from the Minnesota Association of Small Cities, requesting City consideration in joining their group, with 2008-2009 Membership Dues being $1,794.80. Moved by Omerza supported by Debeltz, that the City decline membership in the Minnesota Association of Small Cities, as the City already is a member of the League of Minnesota Cities and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Moved by Omerza supported by Zupec, that the City dispense with readings in their entirety, of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight's agenda. Carried unanimously.<BR><BR>Council member Debeltz offered the following ordinance: Proposed Ordinance #220, Second Series, An Ordinance Of The City Of Ely, Minnesota, Amending Section 6.05 Of The City Charter Of The City Of Ely<BR><BR>The Council of the City of Ely Does Hereby Ordain:<BR><BR>SECTION 1. Section 6.05 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota is hereby amended as follows:<BR><BR>Section 6.05 Purchases and Contracts<BR><BR>Subject to the requirements of Section 7.06 of this Charter, contracts shall be made in compliance with the Uniform Contracting Law and where applicable the Minnesota Statues, Chapter 429. Whenever competitive bids are required, the contract shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder. In addition, the following requirements apply to city expenditures:<BR><BR>Any city purchases or contracts involving a sum not exceeding $3,000.00 may be made or let by the respective department or commission head without the approval of THE COUNCIL so long as an appropriation for such expenditure is included in the budget approved by THE COUNCIL, pursuant to Section 7.05 of this Charter and there are sufficient unexpended funds for payment of such expenditures.<BR><BR>Expenditures of $3,000.01 to $10,000.00 require the city clerk-treasurer and two councilpersons' signatures on the purchase order.<BR><BR>Expenditures of $10,000.01 to $50,000.00 require approval by the Council and two more more quotes which shall be kept on file in the city clerk-treasurer's office for a period of at least one year.<BR><BR>Expenditures above $50,000.00 will require sealed bids in accordance with Minn. Stat. 471.345, subd. 3 and approval by THE COUNCIL.<BR><BR>The signatures required by paragraph (a) of this Section do not abridge or otherwise affect the right of the city or any tax payer to challenge the validity of any purchase or contract described herein.<BR><BR>All contracts, bonds and instruments of any kind which the city is a party shall be signed by the mayor and the city clerk-treasurer on behalf of the city and shall be executed in the name of the city. THE COUNCIL may, by ordinance or resolution, adopt further regulations or policies for the making of bids and the letting of contracts including delegation of its contracting powers to a commission or department of the city.<BR><BR>SECTION 2. Effective Date: Pursuant to Section 3.08 of the Charter of the City of Ely, Minnesota, the adoption of this Ordinance is effective ninety (90) days after final adoption and publication.<BR><BR>Motion for the adoption of the foregoing ordinance was made by Council member Debeltz, seconded by Council member Nikkola, and declared carried on the following vote:<BR><BR>YES: Council members Debeltz, Lindroos, Nikkola, Omerza, Sheddy, Zupec, Mayor Novak (7)<BR><BR>NO: None (0)<BR><BR>ABSENT: None (0)<BR><BR>Proposed Ordinance No. 220, Second Series, adopted and given a second and final reading and publication, this 1st day of July 2008.<BR><BR>Communication was received from George Eilertson, Senior Vice President, Northland Securities, regarding financing recommendation regarding the following City of Ely projects: 1. Equipment Purchases ( General Obligation Equipment Certificates) ; 2. Elevator Improvements ( General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds).<BR><BR>This matter will be discussed further at the July 10th City of Ely Budget Committee Meeting, at which time Mr. Eilertson will be present.<BR><BR>City of Ely request for meeting with Town of Morse officials regarding continuation of annexation discussions was placed on tonight's agenda under Old Business, as contact was made with the Town of Morse to schedule a meeting, but the City has received no response back. Mayor Novak reported that he had talked to Morse Commissioner Bob Berrini about this matter, and Bob was going to bring it up at the next town board meeting. Matter of information.<BR><BR>A Draft Proposed Development Agreement between the City of Ely and Duluth Metals was placed on the agenda per city attorney communication of May 30th. As of this date, the City has not heard back from the company on this proposed draft. Matter of information.<BR><BR>Council member Omerza offered the following resolution: 2008-27<BR><BR>WHEREAS: Ely Blue Line Club Inc., 1332 Highway 169, Ely, Minnesota 55731, has applied for renewal of a Minnesota Lawful Gambling Premises Permit Application at Dee's Bar - The Next Generation, 17 East Sheridan Street, Ely, Minnesota, and<BR><BR>WHEREAS: Such Class B License is to be used for conducting pull tabs, tipboards, paddlewheels, raffles at Dee's Bar - The Next Generation, 17 East Sheridan Street, Ely, Minnesota 55731;<BR><BR>NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Ely City Council approves of said application and that Ely Blue Line Club, Inc. be authorized to submit necessary paperwork to the State of Minnesota Department of Gaming, Gambling Control Division, contingent upon filing of proper paperwork with the City of Ely and State of Minnesota, and that any waiting period be waived at this time in order to process this application.<BR><BR>Motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was made by Council member Omerza, seconded by Council member Nikkola, and declared carried on the following vote:<BR><BR>YES: Council members Debeltz, Lindroos, Nikkola, Omerza, Sheddy, Zupec, Mayor Novak (7)<BR><BR>NO: None (0)<BR><BR>ABSENT: None (0)<BR><BR>Adopted this 1st day of July2008.<BR><BR>Council member Debeltz offered the following resolution: 2008-28<BR><BR>Authorization to Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement For Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition<BR><BR>It is resolved by the City of Ely as follows:<BR><BR>That the State of Minnesota Agreement No. 93015, "Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition," for State Project No. 6920-38 at the Ely Municipal Airport is accepted.<BR><BR>That the Mayor and Deputy Clerk are hereby authorized to execute this Agreement and any amendments on behalf of the City of Ely.<BR><BR>Motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was made by Council member Debeltz, seconded by Council member Lindroos, and declared carried on the following vote:<BR><BR>YES: Council members Debeltz, Lindroos, Nikkola, Omerza, Sheddy, Zupec, Mayor Novak (7)<BR><BR>NO: None (0)<BR><BR>ABSENT: None (0)<BR><BR>Adopted this 1st day of July 2008.<BR><BR>Moved by Omerza supported by Debeltz, that tonight's meeting adjourn.<BR><BR>Carried unanimously. Adjournment at 8:30 P.M.<BR><BR>Patricia M. Wellvang<BR><BR>Deputy Clerk<BR><BR>City of Ely<BR><BR>Ely Echo 7/12/2008